AHTEG on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources


An ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) on digital sequence information on genetic resources was established by decision XIII/16 of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In accordance with decision NP-2/14, the group will also serve the Nagoya Protocol.

Among other tasks, the group is to consider the compilation and synthesis of views and information submitted by Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and stakeholders, as well as a fact-finding and scoping study commissioned by the Executive Secretary.

Meeting of the AHTEG on digital sequence information on genetic resources (13-16 February 2018)


Fact-finding and scoping study for peer review

The Executive Secretary was requested to commission a fact-finding and scoping study to clarify terminology and concepts and to assess the extent and the terms and conditions of the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources in the context of the Convention and the Nagoya Protocol. The study is now available for peer review:

To provide comments on this document, please use the template for comments, and return it to the Secretariat at secretariat@cbd.int or by fax at +1 514 288 6588.

Deadline for peer review comments: 1 December 2017

The study will be complemented by a synthesis of views and information on potential implications of the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources to be prepared by the Executive Secretary. The views and information submitted to the Executive Secretary are available below.

Submissions from Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and stakeholders

In decision XIII/16, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity invited Parties, other Governments, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations and stakeholders to submit views and relevant information to the Executive Secretary on any potential implications of the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources for the three objectives of the Convention. The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol invited these submissions to include information relevant to the Nagoya Protocol (decision NP-2/14).

The Secretariat invited the submission of views and information through notification 2017-37. The submissions received by the Secretariat in response are available below.

CBD Parties

CBD Non-Parties

Organizations and Stakeholders

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme